Fun day marks new era for Bury St Edmunds community centre

Brian Sutton and Bill Bowden, of the Westbury Centre, presented with a key by Cllr Robert Everitt to mark the charity taking over ownership of the Westbury Community Centre from St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Also pictured are representatives of Slimming World and charity Thera East, two of the organisations that regularly use the community centre.
Brian Sutton and Bill Bowden, of the Westbury Centre, presented with a key by Cllr Robert Everitt to mark the charity taking over ownership of the Westbury Community Centre from St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Also pictured are representatives of Slimming World and charity Thera East, two of the organisations that regularly use the community centre.
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A group of volunteers will hold a celebration fun day after taking over a Bury St Edmunds community centre.

The volunteers have formed the Westbury Centre charity to take on Westbury Community Centre, in Oliver Road, which they have been running in recent years.

It was previously owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and to celebrate the charity has organised a fun day for residents on July 1.

Brian Sutton, one of the charity’s trustees, said: “We want people to know that this is their community centre and we want them to be a part of its exciting new future.”

The event will include entertainment from 2.30pm with a barbecue, bouncy castles, a podium challenge, bungee run and a chance for children to have their photo taken with their favourite Disney characters.

The club bar will be open from noon and food will be available throughout the day.

In the evening there will be live music from 6.30pm to 8.30pm by guitarist/singer Tyger O’Connor followed by glam rock band All Glammed Up who will be performing from 9pm to 11pm.

Mr Sutton added that they already run popular activities and clubs at the centre and they are open to new ideas from residents.

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities at St Edmundsbury, said Southgate and Chalkstone Community Centres, in Bury and Haverhill, have seen a ‘marked increase in use’ since they were taken over by the community.

He said: “This is because both have been able to better identify and meet the needs of their local community and I see no reason why Westbury’s future should not be equally as successful.”

The centre will hold its annual meeting on June 23 at 7.30pm.